U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro announced in late February 2016 $25 million will be awarded to the City of San Marcos through the HUD Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery Program (CDBG-DR) following significant flooding in May and October 2015.
Allocation of Funds
The funds will help to meet remaining unmet housing, economic development, and infrastructure needs that resulted from more than 1,000 homes and small businesses being damaged or destroyed.
HUD allocates CDBG-DR funds based on the best available data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Small Business Administration disaster loan programs to identify the areas of greatest need in the impacted region.
Following a Presidential disaster declaration, CDBG-DR funds may be made available to states, local governments and insular areas that have significant loss and unmet needs.
Federal Register Notice / Action Plan
HUD published a Federal Register Notice June 9, 2016 that outlines the federal laws and regulations that will apply to the use of the disaster recovery grant funds. The City will have 90 days after the official publish date to create and submit an Action Plan to HUD. One of the first steps will be completing an Unmet Needs Assessment. Once the Action Plan has been approved by HUD, the City will be able to launch the programs that are identified in the Action Plan.